Yoko Ono’s New Menswear Collection

Mimi ON Dec 03, 2012 AT 10:48 am

Yoko Onoat the launch of “Fashions for Men: 1969-2012” in New York.

Yoko Ono has pretty much done it all – contemporary art, music, activism. Now as she nears her 80th birthday there are no signs that the widow of famed Beatle John Lennon is slowing down as she sets the fashion world in her sights. This past week in New York, Ono unveiled her first ready-to-wear collection – an edgy line of menswear separates called “Fashions for Men,” based on sketches Ono first started in 1969 and gave to her husband as a wedding present that year.

This unique collaboration with Opening Ceremony  is a very limited edition collection of mix and match menswear separates, combining Ono’s idiosyncratic avant garde sentiment with OC’s appropriately forward-thinking street wear edge. Originally imagined for John himself to wear, this cheeky collection retains all the playfulness and fascination of the newly betrothed.

“I was inspired to create ‘Fashions for Men,’ amazed at how my man was looking so great,” says Ono. “I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod. So, I made this whole series with love for his hot bod, and gave it to him as a wedding present.”

The 18-piece collection features an LED jockstrap, trousers with a hand stitched over the crotch, a pair of boots with a handy receptacle for holding incense, sweatshirts with whimsical eye and butt illustrations and jumpers with strategically placed nipple holes, just to name a few. Prices for the items start at £46 to £460.

Opening Ceremony and Ono have also published a book of the illustrations to accompany the collection, which Yoko Ono signed copies of at a small launch party this week in New York. These paperback books will also be on sale for £18 each.

Yoko Ono’s “Fashions for Men”

Most fashion critics see Ono’s menswear collection as a joke. However, Humberto Leon co-founder of the Opening Ceremony headquarters in NYC, thought that Ono’s designs were a great idea. The two decided to collaborate on the menswear collection when they met in Japan.

“We met about three years ago, at our opening in Tokyo. And when we met, she mentioned to me that she had done some drawings,” Leon said at the presentation of the collection. “About a year and a half ago, we met and she showed it to me and together we said, ‘Oh, why don’t we make this come to life!’”

Christopher Heydon, an interior designer for the Ralph Lauren collection, also thinks Yoko Ono’s collection is revolutionary. He expressed his excitement at Ono’s fashion launch:

“She’s just a legendary individual. Anytime she does anything, I think it’s important to support her. I love her clothes, I love her style. Her music is amazing. Why would I not come?”

You can shop the complete collection at: www.openingceremony.us


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